Picking a pediatrician is a big decision and for some parents…but it is a bit of an odd experience: Not many of us interview 5 dentists before choosing one.

What should you ask? How do you know you’re choosing the right one for your baby…and you?

How to Choose a Pediatrician

When you interview health care providers for your baby, there are two main areas you want to learn about: general philosophy – someone who is in sync with your approach to wellness and who will support you on your parenting journey – and the nitty-gritty of how the office is run.

Parents often change pediatricians not because of the doctor themselves, but because of how the office is run!

Questions to Ask a Pediatrician

When you’re interviewing a pediatrician, take this list of questions with you: 

  1. Do you support breastfeeding? How so? Whom do you recommend as a lactation consultant when a mom has problems?
  2. What are the early signs of breastfeeding problems…and what is the best way to avoid problems?
  3. Do you recommend using formula?
  4. What is your stance on immunizations?
  5. What are 4-5 ways you would recommend to prevent illness in a baby?
  6. Are there other doctors/nurse practitioners/physician's assistants in the practice?
  7. Who sees me if my child is sick? Who sees me in an after-hours emergency?
  8. Do you have sick and well visitor entrances?
  9. How long is the usual wait to be seen, after a family arrives in office?
  10. Do you take my insurance plan?
  11. What are your office hours?

 

Putting in the time to choose the best doctor and practice for your baby is well worth it! Good luck!

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